Thursday 26 June 2014

Book Club: Trust Fund Babies

Trust Fund Babies

Book: Trust Fund Babies
Author:Jean Stone
Amazon Summary: 
Jean Stone, the bestselling author of Off Season, weaves the extraordinary story of three cousins bound forever by the family fortune they share–and the family secrets they don’t dare reveal....

Mary Beth, Nikki, and Gabrielle have little in common except the vast Atkinson fortune they inherited. Growing up amidst the splendor of Manhattan town houses and summers on Martha’s Vineyard, they’ve all learned the hard way that money can buy everything–except happiness. Marked by a summer tragedy they’ve all tried to forget, each woman has struggled to find her own way to cope with the secrets of her past.

Now Mary Beth is a pillar of the New York social scene, buying designer clothing and priceless jewels that even she cannot afford. Nikki searches for peace on the Vineyard, pouring her inheritance into endless charity work. And Gabrielle hoards her money in a Swiss bank account, safe from the husband who knows nothing of her wealth. But when their trusted executor disappears with their money, the cousins come together once again to find him. For each woman, regaining her fortune has a different meaning–and will come at a different price. And in the end they’ll learn that no one’s secrets can stay hidden forever–not even the truth of what really happened that terrible day so many summers ago....

What I have to say: 
This is a book that had been on my reading list for ages and I specifically had it on my reading list for when I was in Cuba.

 I LOVED this book! This was such a fascinating, engaging read...I couldn't put the book down and I read it one day. I found myself lost in the story, not even realizing that hours had passed. 

The story focuses on three cousins, their childhood together and their separate lives as adults, until they are brought together for the sole purpose of tracking down their executor. While the character identities where somewhat stereotypical and predictable- the entitled one who is all about her wealth, the charitable one that lives below her means so she can give away her fortune and the one that puts distance between her and her wealth so she can create her own identity- that did not take away from the story or make the story predictable.

Enough plot twists to keep it interesting and an ending I did not see coming...this is a new favourite book that I can't wait to re-read and recommend. I loved this book so much, I'm actually thinking about getting a paperback copy so that I can share it with friends.

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